What economic impact has the West Quay development had on Southampton?

Gardner, Christopher (2007) What economic impact has the West Quay development had on Southampton? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The West Quay shopping centre was constructed under the new wave of inner-city major retail developments for the purpose to regenerate the existing retail district, in this case Southampton City. The purpose of this paper is to examine the economic significance of West Quay in 2007 on the exiting retail district in Southampton City. The paper will explore, with the use of extensive literate, the historical argument since the end of Second World War II whereby a trend of government polices have protected and subsequently regenerated existing retail districts in protection of out-of-town retail development threats. Consequently the paper, with use of primary fieldwork and secondary data, will examine what impact West Quay has had since its opening on September 2000, on the existing city centre and in turn the region of Hampshire. Thus, with the use of academic papers from the discipline of retail studies; two lines of arguments will be probed whereby major shopping centres situated in-town creates; greater retail synergy with the existing retail district or just changes the retail focus towards the shopping complex at the expense of retailers trade in peripheral streets. The paper summarise that West Quay, according the combination of fieldwork and literature, has benefited Southampton City increasing retail trade two fold by attracting more shoppers and retail stores to the city. Subsequently the injection of proposed West Quay Phase 3 Multipurpose venue site next to West Quay shopping centre will in the future retain Southampton City to be the leading shopping destination of Hampshire.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/403

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